Micha Bar Am has been photographing in Israel for 60 years, having moved there with his family from Berlin when he was young. He has witnessed the country’s rise to prominence on the international stage, while capturing the drama and the nuance of Israeli life. This image shows the Western Wall—or Wailing Wall—in 1989. Following the Six Day War, a partition was put up in the plaza in front of the Wall to make a separation between the male and female worshippers. Women who protested and attempted to pray with Torah scrolls were attacked by ultra orthodox worshippers.

If you're too close to events, you lose perspective. It is not easy to be fair with the facts and keep your own convictions out of the picture

Micha Bar-Am
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Micha Bar-Am has been a Magnum Correspondent since 1968. He was born in Berlin in 1930 and moved with his family to Israel, then Palestine, in 1936.

Growing up in Haifa, Bar-Am lived on a kibbutz and began to document kibbutz life with borrowed cameras. Active in the pre-state underground, Bar-Am was drafted in 1948 when the Jewish-Arab conflict turned into all-out war. After his military service, he had several jobs before he began to photograph seriously.

In the mid-1960s, Bar-Am curated several exhibits and books with Cornell Capa, including Israel: The Reality. He assisted Capa with the establishment of the International Center for Photography in 1974 and became an active curator. His reportages on Israel have been published in a large number of magazines and books.

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